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March 2, 2006

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order. In attendance were 44 members and 4 guests.

Committee Reports:

Listserv and Website: Bert Filemyr, the webmaster of www.dvoc.org, gave a presentation on the topic. He mentioned that the Listserv is primarily for club information and rare bird reports. Bert posts a weekly update. It is a moderated list, so only club officers can actually post. New members are automatically subscribed, but one can subscribe or unsubscribe through the website.

Our transfer to a new website host has gone smoothly. We now have a Listserv, as explained above, and a search tool, which enables one to find information more readily on our website or on the web as a whole. We can also track usage at the site. At the bottom left of the main page, there is a link, which is available to the public.

Membership: Connie Goldman introduced Sarah Loughran, who has been accepted for membership. She also has made available a “club information” packet which can be given to non-members. This includes a brochure and an application for membership.

Conservation: Debbie Beer stated that we are working on the selection of a worthy project to be funded through our New Jersey World Series of Birding pledge money. The details are “highly classified” at this time.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer gave an account of our recent trip to Delaware on February 25th.

Gull Chase, Saturday, March 4th, led by Matt Sharp. Meet at the boat ramp in Florence at 9:00 AM.

Conowingo Dam & Muddy Run, Saturday, March 11th, led by Tom Reeves. Meet at Fisherman’s park at 9:00 AM.

Cherry Island Landfill, Delaware, Saturday, March 18th, a joint venture with DOS and led by Mike Smith. Meet at Fox Point State Park at 7:30 AM.

Barnegat Light, Sunday, March 12th, leaders, Chris Walters & Frank Windfelder – the group from the Upper Main Line YMCA will be there.

Upcoming Programs:

Thursday, March 16th – Jeff Gordon – “Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges”.

Thursday, April 6th – Paul Lehman – “Migrant & Vagrant Traps of North America”

Thursday, April 20th – Yoav Chudnoff – “Birding in Bulgaria”

Thursday, May 4th – George Armistead – “Real Birds Eat Squid (Sub-Antarctic Island off New Zealand and Australia)”

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Thursday, March 16th – Connie Goldman – “Forensic Identification”

Thursday, April 6th – Bert Filemyr – “Total Ticks, What and Why”

Paul Guris again mentioned that he is leading a pelagic trip out of San Diego from April 26th - 30th. Check out http://www.bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.html and contact Paul at paul@paulagics.com if interested. Upcoming See Life Paulagics trips include Sunday, March 5th out of Cape May, April 1st out of Lewes, De, and April 8th out of Belmar, NJ.

Chris Walters announced the passing of Lynn Urquhart, wife of Andy.

Chris Walters announced that we have received an updated ruling from IRS, reaffirming our status as a 501C3 non-profit organization. This also means that donations to the club are tax deductible.

Deceased DVOC member Ed Fingerhood’s wife Phyllis is looking for volunteers to help lead bird walks at Tinicum with her 5th grade class.

Frank Windfelder is looking for copies of North American Birds, with issue dates from 1994 to 2004, so that he can add references to his Ornithological ID Database.

Local Notes:

Bob Mercer & company visited the North Shore on Saturday, February 25th, where they had a Eurasian Wigeon at Little Silver Lake and a Glaucous Gull at Shark River.

On the same day, Steve Kacir & company saw the female Barrow’s Goldeneye and a fly-by Eurasian Wigeon at Sandy Hook. They also saw a Glaucous Gull in the Shark River area, possibly the same individual.

On Matt Sharp’s recent visit to the Cherry Island land fill, he had a probable first-year Thayer’s Gull, along with Iceland & Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

JoAnn Raine reported that Bill Etter has been finding large numbers of immature Bald Eagles at Lake Nockamixon. The birds may be commuting between there and Peace Valley.

Ornithological Studies: Doris McGovern gave a presentation entitled, “Banding Studies with MAPS Protocol”. The acronym means “Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship”. Her banding studies involve breeding birds, so the recovery rates are much higher than they are for banded migrants.

Program: David S. Wilcove’s topic was, “Can We Really Save America’s Endangered Species?” The talk covered the broad spectrum of flora and fauna, not just birds. This very knowledgeable man mentioned that approximately 30,000 of the United States’ 200,000 species are endangered.

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary